Tuesday, February 24, 2009









One of my favorite pictures is Mary and my Mom on the right picture, Mary is hugging my Mom. Is that not the sweetest thing?It was Mary's birthday.






I know this might be a difficult thing for some, but these are boards that I have finished for my wonderful Mary! The family asked that I do a couple boards, Mary is suffering from Ovarian cancer and at the end of her journey. If there is one thing I have learned through all this, knowing that someone is slipping away from you....is that each person suffers along in their own way, with their own opinions of how things should be happening , what should be happening, what is proper, what is expected etc. It is a little hard working on these while Mary is still with us.....but I found a joy in pouring my heart into it.....especially into the yellow board which is my tribute to her special and loving personality...which gave us all joy! The red board is a bunch of pictures from work--old ones, since Mary is the original owner and creator of Martino's restaurant that my Mom and I have worked for the past 32 years! I have grown up there...and Mary has always been a blessing to me.

I am going to show you my tattoo(at the top of the post) again in honoring her, she has suffered from Breast Cancer and now the Ovarian Cancer, and thus the colors of the ribbon(pink and teal) that wrap around the Chicago Style Hotdog (one of our best selling items). This tattoo is on my ankle, and I did add a small version of it to the board too!
Anyways, I just wanted to share these......and show tell the world I am blessed to know Mary.





12 comments:

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

What a tough time Patti ((hug for you both))...we all deal with situations so differently dont we. What a wonderful idea to make tribute boards like this and it must be a comfort to be able to show to Mary what a pleasure its been to have her in your life and also for Mary to see all the joy and laughter you've had over the years displayed so beautifully.
What a good friend you are.

Lin said...

FABULOUS, Patti!!! What an incredible, wonderful, touching tribute!

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

This is wonderful!!!! Great tribute to Mary. I think of you often and the pain of losing such a dear friend.
hugs, chris

Marilyn Rock said...

Working on these boards, for Mary, is such a touching and meaningful tribute Patti. I know how special she is, to, you and will always be. Thanks for sharing these! Hugs, love and prayers for Mary and all who love her.

A Fanciful Twist said...

What a special beautiful, heartfelt tribute to Mary. And what a long arduous journey Mary has been on.

I hope she is not in too much pain... I will keep her in my thoughts.

(Your parcel is on its way ;) ;) ;)

vanessavalencia@aol.com

Hugs, V

Barb said...

What a wonderful tribute to Mary!
She is in my prayers.

Debbie Kaste said...

Patti, that is so nice of you to do that. I'm sure Mary knows she means alot to you and everyone who worked for her. It's hard loosing a friend but know she's always in your heart and that won't ever change. My thoughts are with you.
Big Hugs,
Debbie K.

Dot said...

You are a beautiful and caring soul my friend. A beautiful tribute to your friend Mary.

Sending you a big hug.

Dot xx

Gaby Bee said...

These boards are wonderful! A really fabulous tribute to your friend Mary!
Sending hugs across the miles.
Gaby xo

vintage moon studio said...

What a loving tribute, Patti, and how fortunate she also is to have such a dear friend in you! xo Deb

Laura Krasinski said...

Patti, I know how hard this has been for you..Making these posters with her photos I think is great therapy.. she will be surely missed..... Love ya gal... Lo

Kerri Jean said...

I think it's wonderful that you're doing this while she's still here to know that she'll live on in all of those she has touched. You are an amazing woman Patti! And a tattoo-- now that's love!!